Mumbai, Oct 13: "This is nonsense", Dinesh Mongia, speaking over telephone from his residence when claim of spot-fixing by the New Zealander Lou Vincent has surfaced again, said on Tuesday morning.
"I am innocent and am wondering why my name is being discussed again and again and that too after 8 years. I was never involved and was even cleared by the organisers of the ICL (Indian Cricket League) and I can even produce the legal document".
Mongia sent a copy of the letter, which he received from Pan Infra projects Pvt. Ltd. formerly known as Essel Sports Pvt. Ltd.).
"This is to confirm that the Agreement executed between yourself and Essel Sports Pvt. Ltd. stands terminated and neither party has any claim of any nature whatsoever against each other", the letter says.
"Please note the terms of confidentiality inter-alia any information shared with you during your association with ICL, continue to be valid and binding on you".
"We wish you the very best in your further assignments", the letter dated 4th August 2014, has said.
The 38-year-old left-handed batsman has not been the part of the BCCI's pension scheme. "This is because I have not announced my retirement yet. I don't intend to retire now. Will approach the Indian cricket board for my eligibility for the pension once I retire from the game", he added.
Later, speaking exclusively, Mongia's wife, Aarti, says, "Of course, we are all very disturbed. The letter is clear".
"We are living a normal life and would have been enjoying the luxurious life had my husband was involved in fixing the matches".
"Vincent's allegations are baseless. Had Dinesh been involved in fixing he wouldn't have been the player of the domestic tournament held by ICL way back".
"Also his stats were the best when compared to the Kiwis and the other players in the team. He has always been a team person and has never put his personal interests ahead of the team interest", the wife added.